Contrary to the official Instagram feed, it’s not all sneaker drops and new collections in the HS office. Quite a bit of printed matter comes through our doors.

Some of the selections are paper imprints from our favorite brands or agencies, others are indie publications that have piqued our interest — all feature distinctive storytelling, even if it isn’t always straightforward. Sometimes we’re drawn to a particularly ardent piece of prose, other times it’s arresting photography or an unusual layout that makes us revisit an already-read page, sometimes it’s a combination of all three.

Every week we’ll be sharing a few of the volumes that have found a permanent home on our office shelves or in the living spaces of our writers and editors.

MKUE Selected Works

Whether you know him as MKUE or MQ, the Corona, Queens-born creative is one of the most prolific graffiti artists of his time. In an interview with ‘The Wild Styles’ he even shares how he tagged his first object back in 1979 when he was only 11 or 12-years-old. From there, he would go on to have an illustrious career that always seemed to bring him back to his home city, New York.

The Good Company’s slim volume of the MQ’s selected works spans 1990 onward, featuring polaroid-style photos of his best and least-known work. From trucks to trains to buildings, there’s nowhere the artist hasn’t tagged. All of the included works were selected by MQ himself and are part of an edition of 50.

Sex Drugs & Kodak Gold

When New York transplant Sandy Kim moved to Los Angeles she had no idea she would become a vanguard character in recording the city’s hedonistic and often seedy nightlife scene. Kim started the the zine as a dedication to her close friend, $HA Money, who is one of the first portraits featured.

Another one of Kim’s friends, Sky Ferreira, is also featured along with Young Thug and many others. Shot using Kodak Gold film, the zine really is a testament to youth, drugs, sex and intimate photography that somehow manages not to feel horribly intrusive. The zine was published in a run of 200 and launched at Family Los Angeles. Unfortunately, it’s already sold out.

Morena

Morena began as an experimental publication masterminded by Spanish design team Cordova Canillas and Jan Rivera. According to them, the magazine is meant to capture and explore the subtly erotic relationship between a photographer and model.

This edition sees editor in chief and publisher of ‘Purple Fashion Magazine,’ Olivier Zahm behind the camera. Hedy, a Miami-raised model, poses for Zahm in a series of intimate partially nude and nude portraits set indoors and outdoors. It’s not all boobs and butts though, writer Haydee Touitou pens an interview with both the model and photographer as subjects.

Overthrow New York Issue 28

Joey Goodman founded Overthrow gym as an underground mecca for all things boxing. Since then, it’s grown into a community of athletes, admirers and amateur boxers who all gather to appreciate the sport. Overthrow also publishes a bi-annual zine to highlight the culture surrounding the space. This edition includes features on Michele Lamy, the wife and muse of avant fashion designer, Rick Owens, as well as Hailey Clauson, Glenn O’Brian, and artist Clayton Patterson.

Patterson’s involvement was particularly special for Goodwin who says, “It’s a no brainer to work together. Clayton is a mentor who knows the neighborhood, building and history as well as anyone. The collaboration is about capturing the past, present, and the future of the Lower Eastside and #9 Bleecker Street which is today Overthrow New York Boxing.”

2003

A Year is a fairly new magazine series that is released every six months. The first edition, ‘1991,’ outlined the fall of the Soviet Union, the release of Nirvana’s Nevermind and a laundry list of other cultural events. The latest edition, ‘2003,’ also proved to be a good year for popular culture.

From the lavish Baby Phat fashion shows to Cam’ron’s luxurious pink fur coat, bedazzled cellphones and the rise of Abercrombie &amp Fitch, the issue covers it all. Other highlights include Paris Hilton beating president George Bush in a television ratings battle – perhaps an early glimpse into our current celebrity-fueled media cycle.

Need more printed matter? Take a look at our last edition of Sunday Morning Reads.

Words by Stephanie Smith-Strickland
Contributor
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